Allman Brothers Band

By Geoff Gehman, Morning Call Dean Johnson, The Boston Herald | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 31, 1995 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Allman Brothers Band

Geoff Gehman, Morning Call Dean Johnson, The Boston Herald, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reviews from across the country of the band that will perform Sept. 9 at Riverport Amphitheater. The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call (Aug. 14)

The Allman Brothers Band's show Saturday night at the Allentown Fairgrounds was as tight as a drum, which made it both exciting and frustrating.

More than 10,000 heard excellent versions of the stomping blues and ultra-octane rock that make listeners scream, but none of the haunted ballads that make them sorrow. The jamathons were leaner, yet more creative; sometimes they were so imaginative, the regular sections seemed relatively dull. The percussionists thrilled as usual, Dickey Betts inspired more than usual, and a eulogy to Jerry Garcia was as natural as the man himself. Too bad Gregg Allman spent much of the evening as odd person out.

This is a fitter group than the one that played here three years ago. Back then jams were fat and interminable, mainly because lead guitarists Betts and Warren Haynes rarely strayed from the written moods. This time they were more like jazz players, conjuring new worlds.

Betts turned the playout to "Ramblin' Man," the third tune of the 130-minute concert, into an engaging dialogue with himself. On "Where It All Begins" he and Haynes took turns sounding like Wes Montgomery, caressing lines that were fleet and deep, warm and sweet. "Nobody Left to Run with Anymore" veered into a furious hand jive slapped by Haynes' piercing hooks and Betts' rhythmic bursts.

No tune went through more identities than "Whipping Post," the last of three encores. Haynes twice delivered vaguely Arabic, head-clearing figures. In the third solo section Betts turned the song inside out, launching an unusually centered, muscular, elegiac salvo. It was a dead ringer for the most ringing portions of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane."

Alas, his solo was so startling, and so good, it made the return to the main theme lurch. It wasn't the only time a rich moment was spoiled. For all their innovations, Haynes and Betts still indulged in the narrowminded methods that give rock guitarists a bad reputation.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Allman Brothers Band


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?